April 2021 – National Parks Association of Queensland

Monthly Archives: April 2021

The National Park Experience – Judith Hunter Reflection

Our Sunday bushwalks over the past year have brought respite and relief for my husband and me. They’ve been a sanity saver (and possibly a marriage maintainer!). As we set out each Sunday we’d be talking about stress stuff: the pandemic, US politics, work, the kids but gradually we’d get quieter, calmer and stiller as […]

Southern Pink Underwing Moth

There is a plant out there hidden amongst South-East Queensland’s national parks that you may not have heard of. It’s called Carronia (not Carona!) multisepalea, or the Carronia vine. While it’s indistinct little flowers, straggly vine-like growth and elbow-shaped leaf-stalks are not immediately awe-inspiring, the plant plays a critical role in the life-cycle of something […]

Saving Bimblebox

The history of Bimblebox Refuge began when the almost 8,000 hectare Glen Innes Station, 95% uncleared, was bought in 2000 by a group of concerned citizens and nearby landowners. In recognition of its high conservation values, the Federal Government wanted the property to be part of the National Reserve System of Protected Areas, and contributed […]

Park in Focus: Wiliyan-ngurru National Park

Earlier this year the National Park formerly known as Camooweal Caves National Park, returned to it’s original Indigenous name – Wiliyan-ngurru National Park. The name comes from the First Nations term for the rough-tailed goanna. Traditionally Wiliyan-ngurru National Park is associated with and traversed by a number of ancestral spirits referred to as Dreamings. The […]

Worth Protecting? Field Surveys Can Help

NPAQ, in conjunction with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, awarded Protect the Bush Alliance (PTBA) the inaugural 2018/2019 Jim Cuthbertson grant to help fund surveys of selected high conservation value state forests to consider if better protection is warranted. The survey work was undertaken in Yabba State Forest, Presho State Forest, and Belington Hut […]

Ecotourism for Kids: Enhancing Children’s Relationship with Nature

Environmental education is a fundamental aspect of ecotourism. It characterises ecotourism and differentiates it from other forms of nature-based tourism. Ecotourism education can increase visitors’ knowledge of and conservation attitudes towards the protected area, as well as promote pro-environmental attitudes and behaviour in general. Genuine, well-designed ecotourism can be a tool for supporting biodiversity conservation […]

Queensland Chief Scientist’s Love of National Parks

In September 2020 Professor Hugh Possingham took over as Queensland’s Chief Scientist. Professor Possingham has a Bachelor’s degree with Honours in Applied Mathematics from the University of Adelaide and a doctorate in Ecological Modelling as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. He has worked for numerous universities as a professor, department head, and led several […]

From the President – Autumn 2021

Welcome to the Autumn edition of Protected. Ecotourism in Queensland and across Australia is currently a key issue concerning the management of national parks and appreciation of nature. The interest is global, and proposals from commercial operators will only increase. NPAQ has been an active advocate for all ecotourism to be based around objectives that […]

Ranger Profile – Ben Hall

Ben Hall is Ranger in Charge of Eungella National Park in the Mackay Management Unit. He has always enjoyed exploring the outdoors, in particular new remote places. He could think of no better profession to do this, and help protect the environment, than becoming a Ranger! How long have you worked in national parks? I […]

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